How to Steep Your E-Juice: Better Flavors, Better Vaping

The Art of Steeping Vape Juices

Steeping e-juice is a common practice among many vapers to improve the taste of the e-liquid. There are several methods to age the juice; some are slow but more effective while others are fast. In this guide, we will discuss the most popular ones.

Steeping Your Vape Juices

 

What is steeping e-juice?

Steeping vape juice is a way of aging the e-juice to remove any harsh bottled tastes and alcohol, which are volatile. Steeping mixes the VG/PG base, flavorings, and nicotine, and then oxidizes the juice to remove the alcohol. The process of oxidation, while removing the alcohol, also darkens the color of the liquid.

Why steep vape juice?

Steeping brings out the best flavor of the e-liquid and improves the overall vaping experience. Steeping is not a compulsory process, but when you vape juice straight from the bottle, the semi-green liquid may or may not have mellowed out. If you steep everything you use, you will enjoy a much better flavor

Steeping is all about the age and taste quality of your juice. For a homemade e-juice, you would definitely want to steep it, or it might have a chemical taste. If you have bought a commercially prepared e-juice, it began steeping from the moment it was bottled and has been sitting and steeping ever since. It sat at the facility waiting for you to order, it shook and sat during the travel time, it sat on the shelf until it made it to your door, and it may sit there depending on how ready you are for its use. If you taste it and it seems harsh, however, it will be a better vape if you steep and age the e-liquid.

Should I steep my e-liquid?

If you have a flavor that comes on too strong, perhaps something that tastes too sweet, steeping is the answer. Steeping will reduce the sweetness and generally mellow the juice’s flavor. Be warned that steeping lighter flavors, however, such as kiwi, strawberry, or other light fruits, can cause them to lose their flavor altogether.

How do I steep e-juice?

Generally, steeping involves heating the vape juice, shaking it to induce mixing, and exposure to the air for oxidation. There are many approaches to steeping e-juice, but the simplest method involves storing the liquid in a dark, cool place for a few weeks, with occasional shaking and exposure to air for oxidation.

Below are a number of popular methods. No matter which approach you choose, always use glass bottles; plastic bottles can melt and spill or ruin your vape juice.

Methods of e-juice steeping

Vape Juice Steeping Methods:

E-Juice Steeping Timeline

E-liquid gets darker during steeping.

Slow and Simple Steeping:

If you are not in a hurry to the e-liquid immediately, this traditional method is the most frequently used.

  1. Remove the wrappers from the bottles.
  2. Place your bottles of e-liquid in a cool, dark place for 6-14 days. Even a shoebox will do.
    1. Shake the bottles once per day.
    2. Don’t let the light hit the bottles or it can tarnish your vape juice.
    3. Occasionally open the bottles for short periods; the air will speed up the oxidation process. Do not leave them open for too long or the juice will evaporate. 

14 Fast Methods to Steep Your Vape Juices:

All of these methods involve heat to speed up the oxidation process. Use glass jars, which can hold heat better the plastic and won’t melt and spill the contents.

Fast Steeping Method #1: A Hot Bath

This is the easiest and most common way of steeping your juice. This method blends the contents, another plus for steeping, and also activates the molecules for the oxidation.

  1. Fill a deep bowl with warm water. Test for warmth with your elbow; it should not be unpleasantly hot.
  2. Seal your bottles in a zip-lock bag, and then place the bottles in the bath.
  3. When the water cools to room temperature, remove the bottles.
  4. Uncap the bottles and let the gasses dispel, then close the bottles and shake them well.

Fast Steeping Method #2: A Bird Bath

  1. Fill a container with warm water and test the heat with your elbow.
  2. Take the cap off the bottles and place them halfway in the warm water.
  3. Let them rest until the water is cool.
  4. Replace the cap the bottles and shake well.

Fast Steeping Method #3: Use a Slow Cooker

  1. Fill the crockpot with water.
  2. Place the e-juice bottles in a zip-lock bag, removing as much air as possible.
  3. Place the crock-pot on low, and place the bottles in the crock-pot.
  4. Leave for 30 minutes to 4 hours.
  5. Uncap, let them breathe, then cap and shake well.

Fast Steeping Method #4: Use a Slow Cooker #2

  1. Place a bowl in the bottom of the crock-pot and fill with water
  2. Place the e-juice bottles in the bowl.
  3. Set the crock-pot on low and leave for 30 minutes to 4 hours.
  4. Uncap, let them breathe, then cap and shake well.

Fast Steeping Method #5: Use Your Car (Summer only)

  1. Pack your e-liquid bottles in a zip-lock bag.
  2. Place them in the glove box for three days.
  3. Uncap, let them breathe, then cap and shake well.

Fast Steeping Method #6: Use a Space Heater

  1. Place your space heater on the low to medium setting.
  2. Place your bottles, uncapped, about a foot in front of the heater.
  3. Cap and shake well.
  4. Repeat until you get desired results.

Fast Steeping Method #7: Use a Space Heater # 2

  1. Place your space heater on low to medium setting.
  2. Place the bottles in a zip-lock bag, and fill up a mason jar halfway.
  3. Place the mason jar a foot away from the heater, and place the bottles inside.
  4. Let heat until the liquid is ready.
  5. Uncap, let them breathe, then cap and shake well.

Fast Steeping Method #8: Use your Electric Dryer

  1. Place the bottles in a zip-lock bag, and remove the air from the bag.
  2. Place the bagged bottles in a sock and seal the sock with a rubber band.
  3. Place the sealed sock in the dryer and run it on low for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the bottles, uncap them, let them breathe, then cap and shake well.

Fast Steeping Method #9: Use your Microwave

  1. Place your bottles in the microwave and run on high for 10 seconds
  2. Remove the bottles, uncap them, let them breathe, then cap and shake well.
  3. Let cool and repeat if necessary.

Fast Steeping Method #10: Use Hot Rice

  1. Fill a microwavable bowl with dry, uncooked rice.
  2. Heat the rice in the microwave until hot.
  3. Completely cover the vape juice bottles with the rice.
  4. When the rice is cool, check the juice.
  5. Repeat until the e-liquid is ready.
  6. Uncap, let them breathe, then cap and shake well.

Fast Steeping Method #11: Use a Coffee Mug Warmer

  1. Fill a coffee mug with dry rice.
  2. Bury the e-juice bottles in the dry rice.
  3. Place the cup on the warmer for 8 hours.
  4. Every two hours, uncap the bottle, let them breathe, cap and shake for 30 seconds.
  5. Repeat until ready.

Fast Steeping Method #12: Use an Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

  1. Fill the jewelry cleaner device with water.
  2. Place the bottles in the water.
  3. Turn on the heater for 30 minutes.
  4. Uncap the bottles, let them breathe, then cap.
  5. Repeat until ready.

Fast Steeping Method #13: Use a Candle Warmer

  1. Fill a coffee mug with dry rice.
  2. Bury the e-juice bottles in the dry rice.
  3. Place the mug on the warmer for 8 hours.
  4. Every two hours, uncap the bottles, let them breathe, then cap and shake for 30 seconds.
  5. Repeat until ready.

Fast Steeping Method #14: Seed Steeping

  1. Take 10 percent of juice from a recipe that has already steeped.
  2. Mix it in the bottle of the fresh juice.
  3. Let sit for two days.

To Steep or Not to Steep?

Everyone has their own best method of steeping and mixing. Try a few of these steeping methods juice and see what produces the best e-juice for you.

Are you a slow, patient kind of vaper? By placing the bottles in your closet and occasionally giving them a shake and a breather, you can easily cure your juice. If you are the impatient sort, who likes to vape the new flavors as soon as possible, then one of the fast methods will be more in line with your style. Some of these are very rapid and produce usable vape juice the very same day. These methods are optimal when you run out of your favorite juice and need a quick refill.

To steep or not to steep is 100% about personal taste. You may not want to bother, or you may insist that steeping is an important part of the e-liquid preparation. You may like the anticipation of waiting for that perfect hit. There are not wrong preferences, as long as you get the flavor you want from your e-liquids and the most rewarding vaping experience.